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the combat troops withdrawal, everybody talking about the obama administration when they were running for re-election, talked about biden -- vice president biden said we're going to leave in 2014. that's the end of it. that's not the end of it. there is a counterterrorist force. there is a lieutenant in my book who was there as a regular combat soldier and is now a special forces soldier. and he is very optimistic and things that the work done at that outpost, he's in the minority. the work done is positive and is affecting change. i think -- >> eliot: in what way? as one who has been a skeptic of what we could succeed through military strength in a region where the tal band al-qaeda -- the taliban seems enmeshed and woven into the fabric of society. what have we accomplished? >> the book traces this one outpost from 2006 until 2009 when overrun by the taliban. in 2007-2008, that's a part of the narrative when there actually is very tangible achievement and the u.s. and the afghan government is willing to win over t
that the obama administration tried mightily in 2010 and failed then. >> eliot: i think you're exactly right. the secret story line may be this is a proxy battle between hamas and abbas over who leads the palestinian movement. it is not easy to see who's doing what to whom. p.j. crowley professor at george washington university. former secretary for president obama. for more on israel's options let's go to former u.s. ambassador to morocco marc ginsberg. thank you for joining us. >> pleasure to be with you eliot. >> eliot: not a happy moment in the middle east. you have been a critic of u.s. policies thinking we've been too passive. is what we're seeing now an outgrowth of our being passive for too long a time and feuding forces explode in a moment when we don't want this to happen? >> the usual metaphor in the middle east if you don't stay on the bicycle and keep pedaling you fall off that's precisely what the problem has been with the active americans consistent and strategic diplomacy to try to break this logjam tha
in arguing that the obama administration has engaged in this reckless runaway spending with its democratic allies in congress and they were successful in taking back the house. then one year later with the debt ceiling negotiations they seem to have overplayed their hand and really engage in this brink manship to what we're seeing come to fruition again with the fiscal cliff and we have seen some interpretation that the 2012 vote was a repudiation of that. would they learn from that? and frankly will democrats overplay their hand thinking they have this mandate to force republicans into voting for tax increases and not engage in any entitlement reform. it's shaping up to almost a mirror image of the debt ceiling-- >> eliot: every winner in the election wants to interpret the tendency to overplay one hand is enormous. i hate to overplay warren buffet as a voice but he is the most successful investor. when he said revenue should be 18.5, and that 3% is where the deficits are coming from, raise revenue, that's a potent argument from someone who isn't just an academic or someone who is a liber
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